Sunday, February 8, 2009

Working it out

I was waiting for a seat in the 10PLO room and although perhaps ill-advised to do so, I played up a level, telling myself that I would play cautiously. I must say that the times I have played up a level, I have not noticed an appreciable change in the skill level. Yet, since I have built my roll back up a bit since the meltdown last week, and didn't want to repeat the melodrama.

PokerStars Pot-Limit Omaha, $0.25 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

saw flop | saw showdown

UTG ($9.35)

UTG+1 ($30.35)

MP1 ($14.25)

MP2 ($13.45)

CO ($22.90)

Hero (Button) ($24.65)

SB ($13.05)

BB ($19.40)

Preflop: Hero is Button with 5, 10, 6, A

1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.25, MP1 calls $0.25, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.25, SB calls $0.15, BB checks

There is nothing particularly stellar about my hand. I am merely playing position at this point.

Flop: ($1.25) 7, 5, 10 (5 players)

Two pair is not too bad, although I'd rather have top two at this point. I have to see where I'm at:

SB checks, BB checks, UTG+1 checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets $1, 1 fold, BB calls $1, 1 fold, MP1 calls $1

Not so surprising, really. 89 is calling, as is 68. A set would have raised.

Turn: ($4.25) J (3 players)

BB checks, MP1 bets $1, Hero calls $1, BB raises to $3.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $2.50

Another little feeler and I'm certain I'm looking at 89, a set that has just hit or a better two pair. More than likely its the first option as the board does not favor aggression from the other options. Yet, they cannot be ruled out.

Should I have folded? If my read is correct, I have thirteen outs: the 10s and 5s and hearts. There is $7.65 in the pot and for an additional $2.50, I am getting just short of 3:1, and should I hit, if he feels that strongly about his hand, I may be getting implied odds as well.

River: ($12.25) 4 (2 players)

BB bets $6, Hero raises to $12, BB calls $6

Total pot: $36.25 | Rake: $1.75

The more I think about this hand, I begin to wonder if I should discount my 10s and 5s as outs, given the potential of better two pairs or, say, a set of Jacks. I feel much more comfortable with the flush.


Hero had 5, 10, 6, A (flush, Ace high).

BB mucked 3, 9, A, 8 (flush, Jack high).

Outcome: Hero won $34.50


Memphis MOJO said...

Besides the money, it's a nice little confidence booster.

The hand converter is working nicely, too. Thx for using.

Anonymous said...

food for thought

tell me what you guys think

bastinptc said...

Thanks Aki. I'll take a look.